Smeltania Lives! | The Ticker

By Beth Milligan | Feb 21, 2022

Boyne City’s Smeltania Festival, February 25 through 27, revives a storied time in Boyne City’s past, when a little fish came to town and helped it weather the Great Depression. Today, the festival does a bit of the same, giving an economic boost to Boyne businesses who contend with not only slow sales in the off season but also the economic burden of the lingering pandemic, says Lisa Luebke, associate director of the Boyne City Chamber of Commerce.

“This is exactly how Smeltania came to be in the first place,” she says. “The economy is a very historical part of it.”

Times being what they are, pandemic precautions are in place, but with most activities outside, organizers are confident in having people will come to town, Luebke says. In this week’s Northern Express, sister publication of The Ticker, organizers talk about the history of the storied event, its disappearance and reemergence over the decades, and what’s in store for this year’s festival. The Northern Express is available to read online, or pick up a free copy of newsstands at nearly 700 spots in 14 counties across northern Michigan.


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